Tag: Minas Gerais

institutional videos: Minas Gerais

institutional videos: Minas Gerais

Ouro Preto, Brasil

This is the tenth on a series of videos produced by the Brazilian tourism authorities. They all have a common theme: those states that will host 2014 World Cup games. During the coming weeks we will present all those videos here in the blog. They are shortish videos, with conventional but beautiful images of the states and its main destinations. Today’s video is devoted to the state of Minas Gerais.

Minas Gerais:

We have plenty of information on the state of Minas Gerais here at the Brazil Travel Blog, with destination cards for Belo Horizonte, the Cidades Históricas, Inhotim, Mariana and Ouro Preto.

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January 6, 2012 | By More
destination: Mariana

destination: Mariana

Mariana, Brasil

Mariana is a small and quaint Cidade Histórica a few miles off Ouro Preto. It makes for a perfect half-day trip from the latter.

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1. HOW TO GET THERE:

By bus.

  • from Belo Horizonte: bus company Pássaro Verde runs two daily direct buses to Mariana (at unearthly hours). Schedules and fares available at its website. The trip lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • if you find yourself in Ouro Preto, take a local bus to Mariana.

By train. The Trem da Vale is a tourist train linking Ouro Preto and Mariana. You can check schedules and prices at its website. If you want to save some money, you can go to Mariana by train and return to Ouro Preto by bus.

By car. You can reach Mariana from Belo Horizonte, São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. Extreme caution is required as roads in the state of Minas Gerais are notorious for its alarming accident rates.

By plane. There is no airport in Mariana. The nearest airports are Confins and Pampulha in Belo Horizonte.

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2. WHEN TO GO:

It rains quite a lot in Mariana from November to March. Between April and October rainfall is scarce. June, July and August can see the temperatures drop to 10 degrees at night, warm clothing is recommended.

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3. CAREFUL WITH:

Coolish temperatures in winter. Local food is as delicious as it is caloric.

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4. WE LIKE THE MOST:

The exceptional collection of baroque colonial architecture. The local food delicacies.

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5. WE LIKE THE LEAST:

Outside the historic centre Mariana is chaotic.

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6. FAVOURITE PLACES:

Minas Gerais square with the beautiful churches of São Francisco de Assis and Nossa Senhora do Carmo. The church of São Pedro dos Clérigos.

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7. PIECE OF ADVICE:

  • half a day is enough to visit the most important churches in Mariana. You can walk or drive your car.
  • the places mentioned under 6. are unmissable. From the Minas Gerais square, follow the street going up till you reach the church of São Pedro dos Clérigos.
  • of a lesser interest is the Catedral Basílica da Sé ou de Nossa Senhora da Assunção.

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8. HEALTH:

No vaccines are needed for Mariana. The rural areas of Minas Gerais recorded recent cases of yellow fever. Though not essential nor required, take the shot if you want some peace of mind (10 facts about yellow fever in Brazil).

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9. LINKS:

Mariana.org is the official Mariana tourism page.

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10. WEATHER FORECAST:

The weather in Mariana for the next ten days

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11. CLIMATE:
Average temperatures and rainfall in Mariana.

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12. GOOGLE MAPS:
Mariana in Google Maps.

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13. PHOTO ALBUM:

Mariana photo album.

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April 12, 2010 | By More
destination: Belo Horizonte

destination: Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte, Brasil

Of all the major Brazilian cities Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, is probably the one that gets less attention from international tourism. One of the reasons for this is its location, far awar from the beaches or other tourist centers such as the Amazon or the Pantanal. But Belo Horizonte makes for an excellent base to visit the Historical Cities of Minas Gerais and the highly recommended Inhotim museum.

Before we continue, it’s worth pointing out that locals (and many Brazilians from other cities too) refer to Belo Horizonte both by “bé-agá” (the result of reading the initials B H in Portuguese) and “Beló”.

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1. HOW TO GET THERE:

Confins international airport, on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, receives many flights from other Brazilian capitals as well as a handulf of international flights. Pampulha airport, within the city limits, receives a small number of flights run by airlines operating small aircraft. To get from Confins to the center of BH there are two regular bus services: an Executivo service, costing R$16,90, and a Conventional service, costing R$7,35. Both services are adapted to transport passengers and their baggages. More details at Expresso Unir.

You can also reach Belo Horizonte by bus, both from Rio de Janeiro and from São Paulo. From Rio, companies Cometa and Util run services to BH. From São Paulo, companies Cometa and Gontijo.

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2. WHEN TO GO:

Rainfall in Belo Horizonte is concentrated during the summer months, from November to March, when torrential rain is not rare. From May to September rainfall is scarce. Belo Horizonte can be visited all year round.

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3. CAREFUL WITH:

Renting a car to move around town, it is not a good idea.

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4. WE LIKE THE MOST:

In spite of its 2 1/2 million inhabitants (many more when you consider its metropolitan area), Belo Horizonte feels like a smaller city, quite different from megalopolis like Rio or São Paulo.

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5. WE LIKE THE LEAST:

Unplanned urban development, particularly on the outskirts. Never-ending concrete. Reckless driving.

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6. FAVOURITE PLACES:

Lagoa da Pampulha and its surrounding area; Mangabeiras viewpoint; the Municipal Market

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7. PIECE OF ADVICE:

  • the Lagoa da Pampulha, in the north west of the city, it one of the most beautiful places in Belo Horizonte. Around the winding shore of the lagoon the beautiful church dedicated to São Francisco de Assis is found. It is an early work by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Bus 2004, running through avenida Afonso Pena in the centre of town, will take you there.
  • stadium Governador Magalhães Pinto, better known as Mineirão, is home to Cruzeiro and Atlético Mineiro football teams. It is also located in the Pampulha area. There are daily guided visits (R$6) from 8am till 17am except on those days when there is a match at the stadium.
  • Belo Horizonte is known as the Brazilian capital of the botecos, the bars. It is said to have the highest per capita number of bars in the entire Brazil. Excellent places for a beer and a snack are the bars at the Mercado Municipal and the Savassi, Lourdes and Funcionários neighbourhoods.
  • a morning spent at the Mercado Municipal stalls is a true feast for the senses.
  • if you have your own car, drive up to the Parque das Mangabeiras and get to the Mirante do Mangabeiras. There is a spectacular view of Belo Horizonte from there.
  • if you have a day to spare, make sure you visit the Inhotim museum. At Inhotim museum we gave details on how to get there.

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9. ACCOMMODATION:

You can search for accommodation in Belo Horizonte through our Hotels Combined search engine, a unique free tool that searches multiple hotel reservation websites simultaneously to help you find the lowest rate instantly. It eliminates the need to search major websites one by one in order to compare prices and availability. An amazing time and money saver!

The results open on a new page.

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10. HEALTH:

You don’t need any vaccines if you are planning to visit Belo Horizonte. However, cases of yellow fever are regularly reported on the rural areas of Minas Gerais, so if you are thinking of getting out of town, it might be a good idea to get the shot.

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11. LINKS:

Belotur is the official tourism website for the city of Belo Horizonte. It has a version in English.

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12. WEATHER FORECAST:

The weather in Belo Horizonte for the next 10 days.

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13. CLIMATE:

Average temperatures and rainfall in Belo Horizonte at the weather channel.

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14. GOOGLE MAPS:

Location of Belo Horizonte in Google Maps.

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15. PHOTO ALBUM:

Belo Horizonte photo album (click on the link to go to the album)

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January 11, 2010 | By More
map of Ouro Preto

map of Ouro Preto

To complete the information given at destination: Ouro Preto we are publishing the following map prepared with the help of Google Maps. You will find on the map the location of the most important sights in Ouro Preto (most pinpoints on the map are illustrated with a photograph). The points with the camera icon show viewpoints.


View Ouro Preto on a bigger map

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November 11, 2009 | By More
Ouro Preto photo album

Ouro Preto photo album

Just in case anybody needed any powerful arguments to visit Ouro Preto, here’s a handful of photographs from our Flickr Ouro Preto album.

From the top of the hill where the church of Santa Efigênia is located there is a fantastic view of the center of town.

Ouro Preto, Brasil

There are many to choose from, but my favourite church in Ouro Preto has to be São Francisco de Assis.

Ouro Preto, Brasil

In front of the church of São Francisco de Assis there is an unmissable crafts market.

Ouro Preto, Brasil

Conde de Bobadela street is perfect for a stroll, a meal and a some shopping here and there.

Ouro Preto, Brasil

The interior of the church of Matriz da Nossa Senhora do Pilar is a must (photography not allowed).

Ouro Preto, Brasil

And for those with their own means of transportation, it is well worth going as far as the church of Santa Efigênia.

Ouro Preto, Brasil

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November 6, 2009 | By More